You see... Mayor Rahm Emanuel tells the public please please please cooperate with the police when you see or have knowledge of a violent crime... But after paying the gang infested CEASEFIRE group $1,000,000.00 of our tax dollars the Ceasefire organization wants an agreement with the City of Chicago and the Chicago police department that CEASEFIRE own paid gang members don't have to break the code of silence on their fellow gang members...
A new pilot program that calls for the anti-violence group CeaseFire to partner with the Chicago Police Department in curbing violent crime has struggled to take shape this summer, the group said Monday, because the organization didn't have assurances that its workers would not act as informants for criminal investigations.
It wasn't until Aug. 7, about a month after the pilot program was to have started, that both sides officially agreed in a memorandum of understanding that CeaseFire's "violence interrupters" and other workers would not be required to serve as police informants, according to the group executive director, Tio Hardiman.
"You have enough confidential informants. You don't need CeaseFire in that role," Hardiman said of the police. "The police are doing the lion's share of the work, but at the end of the day we're playing a valuable role."
CeaseFire has secured its funding in the past from the state and county and through federal grants. But its partnership with the Police Department is being funded by a $1 million grant from the city, an unprecedented step in Mayor Rahm Emanuel and police Superintendent Garry McCarthy's efforts to reduce Chicago's homicide rate.
The partnership is also an unlikely one because of the two sides' often contentious attitudes toward each other.
The police have been suspicious of a group that uses ex-felons to mediate potentially bloody gang disputes. Meanwhile, CeaseFire has been equally cautious in its dealings with the police for fear of jeopardizing its trust with people who are reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement.
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